Evolution of the Big Fat List
Years ago, I posted a simple and practical article about gearing up for a big project, called The Big Fat List (I think it was this blog’s second post!). A lot of people loved it, and most of the feedback was about the surprising power […]
Visual Bookmarking with Pinterest
If you do a lot of online research and bookmarking, consider adding Pinterest to your arsenal. This is the visual bookmarking tool we have been waiting for. I think the folks at Pinterest are underestimating its wonderful potential by calling it “a virtual pinboard — a place where you can create […]
What is the Most Essential Design Tool?
Design is all about the tools—the technology. And design has got absolutely nothing to do with the tools.
Just like ink pens and sign brushes, the mastery-required-or-we-won’t-hire-you tools you’re working with today will be replaced.
What is much more important is developing your design character
How important is function to you? What is […]
UI Pattern Libraries
Anders Toxboe has put together a beautifully organized thinking place for web designers and user interface designers. Go there to reference screenshots, design patterns and practical articles. Better yet, join the community and upload your personal favorite user interface screenshots.
Very similar to this site […]
Looking for Inspiration? Walk Past the Uninspiring
A key part of getting yourself inspired is noticing when something is dragging you down.
Reading a creative journal (such as a design annual) can spark ideas, but not always. Sometimes it can be a weighty tome of trendiness, or worse – mediocrity. Bottom line: Hold to what you know inspiration feels like, and keep […]
6 Things I Love About Twitter
Viva la Revolution!
Granted, Twitter is noisy, overwhelming, confusing, and difficult to step into. It’s also incredibly vital, and potentially bottomless. I’m still experiencing regular epiphanies about business, collaboration, art and humanness. Half the fun is that I’m doing it together with others. It’s the biggest team effort I’ve ever seen.
Without further ado, here […]
Five Favorite Follows on Twitter
I’m now a 3-week-old Tweeter, and new enough to be having daily ah-ha’s (and woopses). I’ve followed, then un-followed some good folks whose messages were more than I could process. I’ve obsessed over replies and RTs, downloaded TweetDeck, and installed, uninstalled, and […]
If you can 3d it, you can hold it in your hands
Like Etsy for wanna-be product designers, Shapeways is providing 3D dreamers with a fascinating way to produce and sell their concepts online. If you can render it (in the 3D application of your choice, exported to Collada or X3D format), you can probably see it come to life here.
At the moment, […]
I Love iStockphoto
Every once in awhile, I come across a photo during research that I can’t use… but can’t turn away from, either. I maintain dozens and dozens of lightboxes on their site, for various projects and clients. One lightbox is titled, “For Me”; This photo, by RandyJayBraun, lives there.
A Quick Communications Checklist
This past week, I have been at both the giving and receiving ends of some very poor communication.
Dishing it out: I asked for backup support with a project, but neglected to mention a specific time the support would be needed. To make matters worse, no one had the mental bandwidth to reply with a […]
Is Pikachu Pantone 1-1-7 C?
Otherwise known as the Color Cue®2, I read an ecstatic review for Pantone’s photospectrometer thingy on buy.com. Me, every time I look at it, I want to point it at a Pokemon.
Adobe Illustrator taps into del.icio.us for web-wide resources
Check out how Adobe Illustrator is using del.icio.us to organize web-wide tips and tutorials! They’ve integrated del.icio.us directly into the CS3 knowhow palette. I haven’t upgraded yet, but I can still go to the web page and pick through the links—or go to http://knowhow.adobe.com, where the demo allows me […]
YouTube for Slide Presentations
I stumbled on SlideShare this morning, while poking around the blogsphere (thanks to David Armano at Logic + Emotion). My greatest delight is that it allows me to share presentations I’ve created in Apple’s Keynote, rather than having to convert them to PowerPoint, which is like squeezing […]
Use del.icio.us to organize projects
Many web features I download end up sitting somewhere in my browser, taking up space. Over time, however, del.icio.us has proven to be very, very useful!
If you haven’t used del.icio.us, it bills itself as a social bookmarking website that allows you to save favorites/bookmarks online. This way, you can access them from […]
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